Eau Claire (WQOW) - Record-breaking dollars will be given to local nonprofits this year, and it's mainly thanks to many of you.
The Eau Claire Community Foundation (ECCF) is giving over $180,000 in grants to area organizations with five local organizations receiving grants of $10,000 or more. This year's award money is up, over $60,000 from last year.
The foundation is able to give this much thanks to community members who donate to existing funds or create news ones they thing are important in the Eau Claire area.
"They know that those dollars are going to the most immediate needs of the nonprofit organizations in our area," said Sue Bornick, ECCF's executive director. "All size donations are welcome, and know that those dollars are going to go to the greatest needs of the community."
News 18 also spoke with Jan Porath, the executive director of United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley about if the strength of the economy has anything to do with Eau Claire's generosity.
"We have been fortunate that we certainly have recovered since the 2008-2009 recession so to speak, and so giving levels are back, if not higher than what they had been before. So, that's always promising and helpful in the community," said Porath.
The ECCF will present all 44 grants Thursday night, at their Annual Meeting.